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Sunday, 18 December 2011 10:46 | Author: Ian Brodie

Prince Albert joins Christmas swimmers

The annual Christmas Swim took place this morning at Larvotto Beach, with Prince Albert one of the enthusiastic and very brave participants. About 100 people took to the water (about 11 degrees) in aid of a charity providing schooling to victims of the Thai tsunami. The temperature out of the water was a modest 10 degrees. Most participants were in the water for 10 minutes or more, while supporters and families cheered them on from the beach. PHOTO: Prince Albert regains dry ground at the annual Christmas Swim. SEE VIDEO FEATURES (left hand column), also second photo in GALLERY PAGES

Wednesday, 30 November 2011 8:50 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Tsunami charity to benefit from Xmas swim

A Christmas swim is being organised in Monaco for the seventh consecutive year, visitmonaco.com reports. This year it will take place on Sunday December 18 at the Larvotto beach, at 9:30. The event is organised jointly by the Ecole Bleue, the Academy of the Sea and the Foulées Roquebrunoises running club. A raffle will be held in aid of the TATSA charity, which is involved in reconstruction work after the tsunami in Thailand. More info: www.ecolebleue-monaco.com PHOTO: Last year's Xmas Swim

Monaco Paws...

 
Monaco's residents love their dogs. Very big ones, very little ones and everything in-between can always be found sauntering along Monaco's streets. We've taken a few moments to chat with some proud dog owners about their best friends to find out what makes them so special.

In the first in a series, Siri Trang Khalsa spoke with Vanessa Ilsley about her West Highland White Terriers, Domino and Nellie.
 
1.  What do you like about Westies?
“My husband has always had Westies, they have lots of character and are very loyal.  It's good to have two together."
 
2.  Did you have dogs growing up?
"My parents both worked with dogs professionally and that is how they met.  My mother still has dogs and always has several around, and now runs a German Shepherd Rescue Charity.”
 
3.  Where are your dogs most happy?
“They love London where they can be let off their leash and walk by the river."
 
4.  What is the best part about having dogs?
"The unconditional love, and they are always so pleased to see you.  Plus many of the people I know in Monaco, I met through our dogs."
 
5.  What are their favourite special treats?
"Some mornings they get a yummy treat: a croissant from Bouchon."
 
6.  Do they have very different personalities?
"Yes, Nellie likes to have a perch and keep an eye on everything.  She is also very jealous of other girl dogs.  Domino loves his tennis balls and can play with them endlessly."
 
7.  Are they well-behaved?
"Well, mostly, but not always, but they never go far from me." 

Vanessa Isley is President of the British Association of Monaco and a long-time resident of the Principality.

TEXT: Siri Trang Khalsa, the owner of BOMO, Monaco's English bookshop, and future dog-owner.

PHOTO: Kaidi-Katariin Aksiim, an artist photographer, now specialising also in dog portraits. More at www.kaidiphotography.com


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